Comparative Capital Punishment
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Comparative Capital Punishment

Edited by Carol S. Steiker and Jordan M. Steiker

Comparative Capital Punishment offers a set of in-depth, critical and comparative contributions addressing death practices around the world. Despite the dramatic decline of the death penalty in the last half of the twentieth century, capital punishment remains in force in a substantial number of countries around the globe. This research handbook explores both the forces behind the stunning recent rejection of the death penalty, as well as the changing shape of capital practices where it is retained. The expert contributors address the social, political, economic, and cultural influences on both retention and abolition of the death penalty and consider the distinctive possibilities and pathways to worldwide abolition.
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Chapter 12: The role of institutions in the norm life cycle: the United Nations and the anti-capital punishment norm

Sangmin Bae


This chapter examines the emergence, development and institutionalization of the anti-death penalty norm at the United Nations. Relying largely on the international relations literature, the chapter explores the three stages of life cycle that the norm against the death penalty has experienced through the United Nations, and further discusses different procedures and mechanisms that operated in each stage. Giving special attention to the second and third stages of norm cascade and institutionalization, in particular, the chapter investigates how the norm has influenced various bodies and agencies at the United Nations.

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